MATC to Host Free, Public, Virtual Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, Author of "How to be an Antiracist," March 31

Ginny Gnadt, Public Relations Coordinator, gnadtv@MATC.EDU

March 26, 2021

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Area Technical College will host a virtual “Conversation with Professor Ibram X. Kendi,” one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars, from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, on the Zoom platform. The free, public event will feature Kendi answering questions that have been submitted by the audience.

Kendi has been at the forefront of discussions regarding antiracism. As a campus community, MATC employees read and discussed his book How To Be an Antiracist. 

He is a National Book Award winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon professor in the humanities and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. He also is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Kendi is the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize; and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016.

The event is co-sponsored by MATC; MATC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; and Milwaukee PBS. It will be moderated by Earl Arms, host of Milwaukee PBS' “Black Nouveau.” Kendi will be featured on“Black Nouveau” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 pm on Milwaukee PBS 10.1.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at

Individuals who need accommodations to be able to participate in this event, should submit the request at least 72 hours in advance at

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and one of the most diverse two-year institutions in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Nearly 35,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers more than 150 academic programs; and transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees with more than 35 four-year colleges and universities. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.